About the Match
England registered another much-needed convincing win against Australia by 3 wickets to draw level 2-2 in the ongoing 5-match ODI series; the hosts will now try to win the 5th ODI on 13th September at Manchester in order to emerge victorious in all three formats of the game. Australia, which began the series with two back to back wins, lost the vantage point with defeats in the third and fourth ODI; they will be eager to make a comeback with a win again to lift the title. Both teams have done well to withstand the pressure on the field; the side that can use the resources at hand cleverly to dominate the opponent will definitely come out trumps on Sunday.
They had failed to chase 300+ mark in the first two ODI’s but Morgan’s well-made gritty run-a-ball 92 runs fetched them victory by 3 wickets with 10 balls to spare. It was a spirited performance by the entire batting line-up as Stokes, Taylor, Roy, Bairstow and others stuck their feet firmly to build partnerships and take the team safely home in the chase for 300 runs.
On the bowling front, Moeen Ali was yet again superb with a figure of 2-40 as he restricted the opposition; David Willey was the pick of the lot as he claimed 3 vital wickets to demolish the Aussie top order. Plunkett and Stokes provide good support as the former took 2 wickets while Stokes was economical in his 5-over spell.
They have been sharp on the field and the batsmen did well to put up a stiff challenge in both the previous matches; while the bowlers defended the total in the last ODI, yesterday’s match saw them as a determined unit to get the Aussies hassled on a regular basis. Overall, they have the talent and experience of players like Morgan, Ali, Stokes, James Taylor and Alex Hales, who needs to click with the bat to stabilize the innings.
Batting first, it was Bailey’s 75 runs and Maxwell’s comeback 85 off 64 that helped them build the innings to 299; Matthew Wade has proved himself as a dependable middle-order batsman scoring a well-made half century in the company of John Hastings to put up a brilliant 84-run stand for the 10th wicket. The failure of batsmen like Finch, Burns and captain Smith is a cause for concern in the upcoming crucial match; but the good performance of Bailey and Maxwell should provide some comfort here.
Defending 299 runs, Cummins started well to cause a top order upset for the hosts and came back later to wrap up with a 4-49 astounding figure. However, the others couldn’t provide the impetus required to demolish the English batsmen and lost the match by 3 wickets.
Bowlers like Pattinson and Hastings proved to be costly and they must come out with all their fire-power if they want to win the next match. Smith needs to strategize well on the field and find the strengths to tackle England in the upcoming decider.
With the series hanging at 2-2, the upcoming match could be anybody’s win; The crowd will be backing the home team considering the eventful last week for the tea. Australia, on the other hand, will try to do better here but England is keen to build on the momentum and carry with the tempo and definitely look strong to emerge victorious and take the series